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The Comedy of Errors
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Egeon’s remaining son, Antipholus of Syracuse, and his servant, Dromio of Syracuse, come to Ephesus, where—unknown to them—their lost twins…

Act 1, scene 1

Egeon, a merchant from Syracusae, is arrested for having illegally entered Ephesus. He tells the story of how he lost…

Act 1, scene 2

Antipholus of Syracuse lands in Ephesus with his servant, Dromio. He sends Dromio to an inn with their luggage and…

Act 2, scene 1

Adriana angrily awaits her husband, who is late for dinner. Dromio (of Ephesus) enters and tells about his meeting with…

Act 2, scene 2

Antipholus (of Syracuse) meets Dromio (of Syracuse), who denies having spoken of Antipholus’s wife. Adriana and her sister, Luciana, enter…

Act 3, scene 1

Antipholus of Ephesus brings a goldsmith and a merchant to his home for dinner. He finds the door locked and,…

Act 3, scene 2

Antipholus (of Syracuse) falls in love with Adriana’s sister, Luciana. Dromio (of Syracuse) is claimed by Adriana’s kitchen maid as…

Act 4, scene 1

Antipholus (of Ephesus) sends Dromio (of Ephesus) to buy a rope’s end to beat Adriana. The goldsmith demands the money…

Act 4, scene 2

Dromio (of Syracuse) tells Adriana about the arrest of Antipholus (of Ephesus). She gives him the money for Antipholus’s bail.

Act 4, scene 3

Dromio (of Syracuse) gives Antipholus (of Syracuse) the money sent by Adriana. The Courtesan enters and demands the chain that…

Act 4, scene 4

Antipholus (of Ephesus), under arrest, beats Dromio (of Ephesus) for bringing a rope’s end instead of the money for bail….

Act 5, scene 1

Adriana finds Antipholus (of Syracuse) with his sword drawn and orders that he and Dromio be bound. The Syracusans escape…

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Characters in the Play
Egeon, a merchant from Syracuse
Solinus, Duke of Ephesus
Antipholus of Syracuse, a traveler in search of his mother
 and his brother

Dromio of Syracuse, Antipholus of Syracuse’s servant
First Merchant, a citizen of Ephesus
Antipholus of Ephesus, a citizen of Ephesus
Dromio of Ephesus, Antipholus of Ephesus’s servant
Adriana, Antipholus of Ephesus’s wife
Luciana, Adriana’s sister
Luce (also called Nell), kitchen maid betrothed to
 Dromio of Ephesus

Messenger, servant to Antipholus of Ephesus and Adriana
Angelo, an Ephesian goldsmith
Second Merchant, a citizen of Ephesus to whom
 Angelo owes money

Balthasar, an Ephesian merchant invited to dinner
 by Antipholus of Ephesus

Courtesan, hostess of Antipholus of Ephesus at dinner
Dr. Pinch, a schoolmaster, engaged as an exorcist
Officer (also called Jailer), an Ephesian law officer
Lady Abbess (also called Emilia), head of a priory in Ephesus
Attendants, Servants to Pinch, Headsman, Officers